joined:Dec 7, 2004
profile spam on our site has risen twenty-five-fold over the weeks since this thread was posted on WebmasterWorld's front page
There are some aspects of this that are interesting on a larger scale, in addition to your personal concerns.
On October 7 all spam reported to SFS stopped virtually dead in it's tracks - an unprecedented event. I was in the process of adding Bad-Bot-Blocking
[webmasterworld.com] to a previously-issued RBL + SFS report + block tool
[download.modem-help.co.uk]; as part of that work, I was logging all scrape attempts on my site forums. At the same moment that spam stopped worldwide, almost all scrapes stopped on my site. SFS
[stopforumspam.com] (a registered-only forum link on SFS) Public link
[forums.modem-help.co.uk] (a public-accessible report on my site)
As best as can be confirmed, an authentication-server used by the issuer of the tool used to spam countless millions of sites went down. That remained true until Oct 11, when it came back up. Sure enough, spam reporting on SFS leapt back into life, as the monthly stats on SFS
[stopforumspam.com] show. If you look at the SFS yearly graph
[stopforumspam.com] (bottom of page, though I am uncertain whether you need to be registered or not to see it), after the mid-month October hiatus, reported spam has doubled in November.
I got my combined rbl, spam + scrape report + block routines working on 15 Oct (same date as the OP) and fully automatic on my site on 18 October. The initial reduction was ~95%, but a couple of weeks later was ~67%. As you can tell from the live report
[forums.modem-help.co.uk], spam + scrapes are ramping up, in spite of being permanently excluded daily. In addition, I'm reporting up to 30 new spammers daily, in spite of auto-banning attempts from all known spammers, and my forums are hardly in the premier league (SFS reporting on my site is mostly manual, although the prevention is automatic, and is a separate matter from the scrape prevention/report/ban, which is fully automatic).
In conclusion, and in all seriousness, I think that you are committing the classic, Cleopatra mistake, of confusing the messenger with the agent that caused the message. It is the individual that originated & manages the software that should be the target of your abuse. Better, you might want to approach your civic authorities to ask them why they allow such activity to continue unmolested, when the evidence is that to stop the server would prevent 99.99% of forum spam worldwide. The greatest majority of those people that make use of it are unlikely to read WebmasterWorld, and most certainly do not need WebmasterWorld to know that it exists.